What is Retin-A?
Retin-A is a formulation of the skin medication tretinoin and is used primarily for the treatment of acne, however, it is also very effective in reducing fine wrinkles, sun spots, discoloration, and irregularities seen on facial skin. Retin-A is available in many forms and can be prescribed as a gel, cream, or liquid. There is also a higher potency gel form of Retin-A gel called Retin-A Micro.
If I am using Retin-A, what precautions should I take?
Although Retin-A is considered quite safe, those using it should try their best to avoid exposure to direct sunlight for extended periods and if exposure to sunlight cannot be avoided, sunscreen products of SPF 15 or greater should be used as well as protected clothing. It is not recommend that persons using Retin-A expose themselves to artificial sunlight during use such as tanning beds or sun lamps. Wind and cold may also be irritating during the time of treatment with Retin-A and should be avoided if possible.
How do I take Retin-A?
Retin-A should be applied to the skin sparingly wherever acne appears. If being used for wrinkles, discoloration, or facial dryness, the same application rules apply: Simply apply it once a day in the evening with the fingertips, gauze pad, or cotton swab. If using the liquid form of Retin-A, be careful to make sure that you do not allow the liquid Retin-A to run into areas where treatment is not intended.
May I use cosmetics or makeup while being treated with Retin-A?
Yes, Retin-A is generally safe for use with makeup and other cosmetics, however, be sure to thoroughly wash off any buildup that may occur of these products prior to applying your daily Retin-A dose. If you notice your skin becomes too dry while using Retin-A, petroleum jelly or other facial lubricants can be used sparingly during the day for comfort.
When will I start seeing results using Retin-A?
Retin-A, while effective, often takes several weeks to show its best results, but it is important that you stick with the treatment plan and continue to take only the prescribed amount during the initial stages of treatment. Increasing the dosage will not provide further treatment benefit and may irritate your skin, so be sure to take Retin-A only as prescribed. If you miss a dose, simply resume your regular dose on the next scheduled day.
Recommended treatment regimen with Retin-A.
Simply apply a sparing amount of Retin-A to whatever affected area that requires treatment once in the evening and be sure that you have appropriately washed your face and allowed it to completely dry prior to application. Results should be noticeable within two to three weeks of treatment, however, the benefits of Retin-A are generally most often visible after approximately six to seven weeks of consistent treatment. The dosage and frequency of Retin-A can be decreased after acne or other facial irregularities have been noticeably decreased by your regular dosage. Please consult your doctor to determine what Retin-A dose is best for you.
Side effects may include:
Skin discoloration, skin blisters, burning, itching, peeling, redness of the skin, and irritation of the mucous membranes.
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